How do I access IDLE in Win7

W. eWatson wolftracks at
Thu Jul 28 11:16:46 EDT 2011

On 7/28/2011 8:10 AM, W. eWatson wrote:
> On 7/28/2011 6:19 AM, Jerry Hill wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM, W. eWatson<wolftracks at>
>> wrote:
>>> .py=Python.File
>>> .pyw=Python.NoConFile
>>> Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
>>> Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
>>> Python.NoConFile="C:\Python25\pythonw.exe" "%1" %*
>> That all looks good.
>>> I cannot copy from the cmd window. It ends with [errorno 13] Permission
>>> denied to c:||Users\\Wayne\\idlerc\\recent-files.lst'
>> That sounds like the root of the problem, then. I'm assuming Wayne is
>> your username, but I don't know why you wouldn't have permission to
>> access something in your own user directory. Can you try deleting
>> that file in the windows explorer? You could try messing with the
>> permissions, but I doubt you care about a recent file list that sounds
>> several months old. You might even try removing (or renaming) the
>> whole C:\Users\Wayne\idlerc folder. Idle should re-build anything it
>> needs if it's not there when you start up.
> It's a hidden file. I tried deleting w/o success so changed the name.
> The file was dated 5/??/2010.
> I tried the usual method of right-click on to see if Edit with
> IDLE would appear in the menu. It didn't, so I tried a right-click to
> Choose default program to idle.pyw. Using it again gave me an invalid
> 32-bit message.
> I am able to get a proper response at the command level by entering
> pythonw.exe. >>> print "abc" works fine. I've forgotten how to get out
> of >>>. I'm killing the command window.
idle.pyw brings up IDLE at the command level.

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